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By Carol OMeara
Colorado State University Extension 

Grab some (warm) air between snows to clean garden

Series: Carol OMeara | Story 4

October 23, 2019

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Leaving some standing debris makes the garden interesting in winter, and beneficial insects can tuck themselves in for a cozy place to stay during the quiet season.

The abrupt end to the garden season came with an unseasonable chill, smashing record lows and tying for largest temperature drop in one October day ever recorded. Plants that normally shrug off a light frost are struggling to find new life, while the tender plants were killed outright.

While the sight of the dead are appealing the closer we get to Halloween, we can't leave those carcasses out there forever. Disease and insects find a nice home amongst the wreckage and for a garden to remain healthy, fall cleanup begins in earnest. So put on your gloves and take advantage of the warmer sp...

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